Opening of the ESCAP Sub-Regional Office for South and South West Asia in Delhi

Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS, made a presentation at the “High-Level Policy Dialogue on Development Challenges Facing the South and South West Asia Region” at the inaugural event of the ESCAP Sub-Regional Office for South and South West Asia in Delhi, India, 15-16 December 2011.

International Conference on ‘Institutionalizing Regional Approaches to Migration Management in South Asia’

IPS, in collaboration with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Colombo, organized an International Conference on ‘Institutionalizing Regional Approaches to Migration Management in South Asia’, at the Taj Samudra Hotel, on 25 November, 2011.

Launch of the UNDP Human Development Report (HDR) 2011

The launch of the UNDP Human Development Report 2011 titled, “Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All,” took place on November 22, 2011 at the IPS Auditorium in the presence of Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Environment, who delivered the keynote address.

International Conference on Taxation and Development

IPS together with the International Centre for Tax and Development, UK, organized an International Conference on Taxation and Development under the theme ‘Pulling Ourselves Up: Taxation, State-Building, and Away from Aid’ during the 3rd and 4th November 2011 at the Ceylon Continental Hotel.

4th South Asia Economic Summit

Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS, Dr. Dushni Weerakoon, Deputy Director, IPS, and Anushka Wijesinha, Research Economist of IPS were resource persons at the 4th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES), held in Dhaka, Bangladesh during 22 -23 October, 2011. It was organized by the Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh.

IPS Annual National Conference – “Post-conflict Sri Lanka: Towards Shared Growth”

The IPS Annual National Conference on the theme “Post-conflict Sri Lanka: Towards Shared Growth”, took place at the IPS Auditorium on 19th October, 2011.

Policy Dialogue: “From Poverty to Sustainability – People at the Center of Inclusive Development”

On the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty a Policy Dialogue, was hosted jointly by the IPS, Ministry of Economic Development and the United Nations in Sri Lanka. Honorable Sarath Amunugama, Senior Minister for International Monetary Cooperation, was the Chief Guest at the occasion.

National Technical Workshop on the formulation of the National Human Resources and Employment Policy

National Technical Workshop on the formulation of the National Human Resources and Employment Policy organized by the Secretariat for Senior Ministers and the International Labour Organization (ILO) took place at Hotel Taj Samudra, 13-14 October, 2011.

Regional Conference on ‘Knowledge Sharing on Regional Cooperation and Integration’ and Consultative Meeting on Strengthening SAARC’s Institutional Mechanism

Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS, and Anushka Wijesinha, Research Economist, IPS were resource persons at the Regional Conference on ‘Knowledge Sharing on Regional Cooperation and Integration’, held in Malé, Maldives, during 8-9th October 2011.

Public Lecture on ‘Sri Lanka in a Changing Global Economic Landscape’

Anushka Wijesinha, Research Economist, IPS, gave a Public Lecture titled ‘Sri Lanka in a Changing Global Economic Landscape’ at the American Centre in Colombo on Thursday 22nd September 2011.

4th SAARC Business Leaders Conclave

The 4th SAARC Business Leaders Conclave took place in Kathmandu, Nepal, during 20-22 September, 2011. Executive Director made a presentation on ‘Trade and Investment in South Asia: Opportunities and Challenges’.

Seminar & ‘Expert Insights’ Panel on ‘2011 and Beyond: Trade & Investment Prospects in Asia and Implications for Sri Lanka’

A Seminar & ‘Expert Insights’ Panel on ‘2011 and Beyond: Trade & Investment Prospects in Asia and Implications for Sri Lanka’, organized by the IPS and supported by the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) took place at the IPS Auditorium. Chief Guest at the occasion was Hon. Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Senior Minister for International Monetary Cooperation, Government of Sri Lanka and Chairman, 67th Session of the Commission, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS.

Launch of the Book: “Migration, Remittances, and Development in South Asia”

“Migration, Remittances, and Development in South Asia” published by Sage, India was launched by handing over the first copy of the book to Hon. Dilan Perera, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare by the Executive Director of the IPS, at the Ministry on 04 August 2011.

Former Foreign Minister and Chairman Institute of South Asian Studies of Singapore visit IPS

Former Foreign Minister of Singapore, Mr. George Yeo, Chairman of the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), Singapore, Mr. Gopinath Pillai, together with two officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, visited the IPS on 30th July 2011.

Opening of the IPS Auditorium

The IPS Auditorium was declared open by the Chairman, Prof. W. D. Lakshman on 13th July, 2011.

Stakeholder Consultation: Strategic Partnership for Policy Development and Action to Foster Regional Cooperation in South Asia

Anushka Wijesinha,Research Economist, IPS, made two presentations at a Stakeholder Consultation on Strategic Partnership for Policy Development and Action to Foster Regional Cooperation in South Asia organized jointly by RIS (India) and the Pathfinder Foundation (Sri Lanka), and supported by the ADB, on Monday 11th July 2011 at the Cinnamon Grand, Colombo.

Regional Symposium on ‘Improving Trade Flows in and from South Asia: Overcoming Logistics Challenges’

Anushka Wijesinha, Research Officer, IPS, was a resource person at a Regional Symposium on ‘Improving Trade Flows in and from South Asia: Overcoming Logistics Challenges’ organized by the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) and the Commonwealth Secretariat UK, held on 22nd June 2011, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dissemination Workshop on ‘A Baseline Assessment of OXFAM- EU-ACAP Programme’

A Workshop to disseminate findings conducted by a team of researchers at IPS, for the study on ‘Baseline Assessment of the OXFAM EU-ACAP (European Union Assistance for Conflict Affected People) was conducted at the Conference Room, IPS, on 10th June, 2011.

Seminar on “Economic Freedom and Business Environment in South Asia”

Ashani Abayasekara, Research Assistant, IPS, made a presentation on "Economic Freedom: The Role of Stakeholders in the Regulation of the Business Environment - A Sri Lankan Perspective" at a seminar on Economic Freedom and the Business Environment in South Asia.

Launch of the UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2011 prepared by UN-ESCAP

The UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2011 prepared by UN-ESCAP, was launched at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute on 5th May 2011.

International Seminar on “Selected Outstanding Issues in Services, Trade and Development”

Anushka Wijesinha, Research Officer, IPS, participated in a International Seminar “Selected Outstanding Issues in Services, Trade and Development” organized jointly by ARTNet of UNESCAP, and the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), in Manila, Philippines, from the 3rd to 5th May 2011.

Consultations/Seminars on ‘Promoting Agrarian Reforms in Sri Lanka’ and ‘Budgetary Policies for Poverty Eradication in Sri Lanka’

IPS organized two Consultative Meetings on ‘Promoting Agrarian Reforms in Sri Lanka’ and ‘Budgetary Policies for Poverty Eradication in Sri Lanka’ on 7th and 8th April 2011, respectively, at the Main Conference Room at IPS.

SME Access to Finance Programme, 26th March 2011

Anushka Wijesinha, Research Officer, IPS, participated in the ‘SME Access to Finance’ programme organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) and the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and Pacific (ADFIAP), in collaboration with the International Chamber of Commerce at the Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo, on 26th March 2011.

World Conference on Recreating South Asia: Democracy, Social Justice, and Sustainable Development

Chairman, IPS, Prof. W.D. Lakshman, chaired the Plenary Session on ’Democracy and Inclusive Growth in South Asia’ at the ’World Conference on Recreating South Asia:

Premila Gamage, Librarian, IPS, Interviewed by Daily Mirror

Premila Gamage, Librarian, IPS, was interviewed by Daily Mirror Women @ Work (W@W) in its edition on 8th February 2011. The interview highlights the unique achievements of Premila in Library management.

Asia Forum on Remittances and Development

Asia Forum on Remittances and Development was held during 11 - 12 January 2011, at Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo. It was organized by the Project Consultancy Unit of SEEDS (Gte) Ltd in collaboration with Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) under the theme of “Implications of Migration, Remittances and Remittance Based Livelihood in Developing Economies”.